Tom de Paor
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Previous, Next is a long prose poem by the acclaimed architect and teacher Tom de Paor, recounting the first voyage of Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, and the human species' obsession with space. Part narrative and part description, the text began life as a series of project specifications for a number of public art projects and buildings. Surreal and physical qualities commingle in de Paor's writing, revealing a strangely latent reciprocity between cosmic and human scales of measurement. Previous, Next is the second book in our paperback series Reflection in Action, which is devoted to the poetic and philosophical writings of architects and artists.